Environmental Justice and our Voices

Environmental Justice and our Voices

Posted Thursday, January 19, 2017

By Fenly Foxen

Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

As we stand at the threshold of a Trump presidency, polluted with twitter wars, threats of mass deportations and the building of walls - the voice for environmental justice seems muffled.

We celebrated Martin Luther King day this week, commemorating Reverend King’s fundamental proposition that everyone deserves basic civil rights. That intrinsic thread of fighting against social injustice ran through the Obama administration. We saw President Obama take bold steps when he rejected the Keystone XL pipeline and take a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Unfortunately, a Trump presidency stands ready to give a green light to both projects. Trump said last year December that he supports the completion of the pipeline project near the North Dakota Indian reservation. The new administration looks more concerned with billionaire cronies than with basic human rights.

Environmental justice is not a euphemism for racial inequality. But, let’s be honest with ourselves. Poorer communities, historically communities of color, are much more likely to be forced to “host” facilities that have negative environmental impacts like landfills, dirty industrial plants, coal ash ponds or truck depots. These communities have been battling this injustice for decades.

We cannot abandon the fight against environmental injustice. The stakes have never been so high. Please help us continue the battle. GreenLaw works to make the application and enforcement of Georgia’s environmental laws protect all. Join us by clicking the donate button on greenlaw.org